Seton Hall Pirates (22-11) at Kansas Jayhawks (28-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 7:10 pm (Intrust Bank Arena)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Seton Hall Pirates and Kansas Jayhawks will square off at Intrust Bank Arena this Saturday night in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament.
The 8-seed Seton Hall Pirates had no trouble on the offensive end against NC State this past Thursday night and advanced to the 2nd round after defeating the Wolfpack by a 94-83 margin. Seton Hall led by a 51-41 margin at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after taking an 85-77 lead with 1:50 left in regulation. Seton Hall shot 48.3% from the field and 79.5% (31-39) from the FT-line in the win. Leading the way for the Pirates was Khadeen Carrington who had 26 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Seton Hall is averaging 79.0 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Pirates are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Seton Hall has been led by Desi Rodriguez (17.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Myles Powell (15.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg), Khadeen Carrington (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Angel Delgado (13.3 ppg, 11.5 rpg, 2.7 apg). Defensively, Seton Hall is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Pirates have a rebound margin of 4.3 and average 6.3 steals per game.
The top-seed Kansas Jayhawks had a tougher time than expected against the 16-seed Pennsylvania Quakers, however, was able to pull away in the 2nd half en route to a 76-60 victory on Thursday afternoon. Kansas was down by a 21-11 margin midway through the 1st half, however, was able to fight back to take a 33-26 lead at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 69-56 lead with 4:37 left in regulation. Kansas shot 44.3% from the field and 41.2% (7-17) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was Devonte’ Graham who had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Kansas is averaging 81.5 ppg on 49.8% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks are averaging 10.1 three-pointers per game on 40.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Kansas has been led by Devonte’ Graham (17.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Udoka Azubuike (13.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Malik Newman (13.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 70.9 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Jayhawks have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 1.3.
The Pirates are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jayhawks are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 20-8 ATS in their last 28 neutral site games.
Seton Hall is a team that has a lot of experience and has been led this season by their offense that ranks 57th in scoring offense, 44th in assists per game, and 65th in FG%. Kansas has one of the best players in the country in Devontae’ Graham and has also been led by their offense that ranks 30th in scoring offense, 9th in FG%, and 19th in three-pointers made per game. Kansas is a solid team, however Seton Hall has many weapons that should be able to do some damage against the Kansas 140th ranked scoring defense, and I think that Seton Hall will be able to do enough to cover with the points in what should be a high-scoring game.